The Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarship
This Scholarship is awarded to mature women, for vocational educational purposes, to achieve emotional, social, and economic independence following a life-altering event.
The Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarship was created to honor Virginia Wrage, a dedicated and loved Zontian, who at the age of 50 faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. After she was diagnosed with cancer two years later, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women who faced challenges as she had. Since 1995, the fund has provided over $200,000 dollars in awards to local women 40 years of age or older in life transition. Today Virginia’s friends, family and colleagues continue to support this exceptional program.
About the Scholarship
The Virginia Wrage Memorial Scholarship is awarded to mature women, for vocational educational purposes, to achieve emotional, social, and economic independence following a life-altering event. Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley offers scholarships to cover all or part of an educational degree, or career and technical training up to $8,000.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for a scholarship, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a woman age 40 years or older
- Be a resident of the greater Santa Clarita Valley
- Have experienced a life-altering event resulting in a need for educational, career and/or technical training to improve your life
- Previous applicants who were not selected may apply again
What are the requirements?
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Completion of the official application
- Applicants must be residents of the greater Santa Clarita Valley including Castaic, Val Verde, Stevenson Ranch, Westridge, Agua Dulce
- Must be age 40 years or older at time of application submission
- Demonstrated initiative, ambition and commitment to obtaining schooling or training to improve your life with gainful employment.
- Provide proof of enrollment and transcripts (if currently enrolled)
Application and more information
Virginia Wrage was a dedicated and loved Zontian, mother, and grandmother who, at the age of 50, faced a family crisis that resulted in a major career change for her. Virginia applied for, and after a rigorous nine-month course, fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming a flight attendant for American Airlines.
Two years later, Virginia was diagnosed with cancer. Before her death, she helped plan a fund that would assist other mature women through challenges such as those she faced.
Since its inception in 1995, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund has aided more than 50 women with scholarships ranging from $500 to $4000.
Many recipients are returning to school at mid-life to be able to support themselves and their children. Some are victims of domestic abuse. Some are single mothers. Some are struggling to complete G.E.D.s or college degrees. Some are on the verge of becoming homeless. All are facing a difficult life challenge.
Each year, the Virginia Wrage Memorial Fund provides scholarships to deserving women in the Santa Clarita Valley community. The members of Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley are honored to be able to assist these women in the name of Virginia Wrage.
What Recipients Have Said:
"My dream is to use my gifts and talents to encourage, stimulate and motivate a thinking society."
"Every woman needs support and you are a tremendous blessing to each of us."
"My dreams include philanthropy and to support those in need and to give back in appreciation for what I have been so fortunate to receive."
"Thank you for seeing in me an example of the woman that Ms. Wrage wished to support."
"It was a big inspiration that someone believed in me when I was having a hard time believing in myself."
"Definitely, receiving this money and reading your letter empower and motivate me to keep going. You let me know that it is worth the effort and that it is valued."
"It's overwhelming to be back in the workforce at 48, but it's more common than I ever realized. Thanks to this grant, I believe I'll do better than just survive."
"I'm a UCLA Graduate. I never anticipated going into hiding, food stamps and homelessness"
"It was darn hard, with six kids. But I want my kids to know that you have to go get what you want. It's not going to come to you."
"You are a wonderful support emotionally, and I hope to make you proud."
Oh my goodness!!! Thank you so much and a million times over! I can't wait to share the news with my family. I am filled with gratitude.
I can't thank the Zonta Club of Santa Clarita enough for this opportunity. The news made me cry, a good cry.